What is organic wine?
A better questions is, why do I get a rash from it?
Most of you probably aren’t interested in why my face and body start to swell when I accidentally drink organic wine, especially when I am on a tiny island off the coast of Indonesia where there are no doctors and only very overpriced Benadryl sold in a closet they call a doctors office, so I’ll just stick to answering the first question.
“Organic Farming is a method which allows nature to protect and grow the produce without introducing foreign substances. It largely excludes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, plant growth regulators, and livestock feed additives. As far as possible, organic farmers rely on crop rotation crop residues, animal manures and mechanical cultivation to maintain soil productivity, to supply plant nutrients, control weeds, insects and other pests.”
You know that perfect strawberry in the bunch that has no bruises or bug bites and is all the same colour and looks perfectly symmetrical? That’s because of toxic pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.
Organic wine comes from grapes that are told, “it doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside; it’s what is on the inside that counts.”
The wording of the definition from winesofcanada.com is a little questionable to me, so I did a little more investigating. On order for wine to be certified organic — in Canada — it has to be made with 95% organic ingredients. Plus, sulfites cannot be added to the wine, but that does not mean the wine is sulphite free.
This really is only a concern for about 1% of the North American population, who are sensitive to sulphites (source:FDA).
And unless the animals are eating organic food, I think their manure probably has chemicals in it.
That is just the Canadian standards for organic wine. There is actually no legal international definition. However, any wine labeled “organic” in the LCBO must meet Canadian Organic Regulations.
The Canadian standards also require wine to be harvested in clean, non-contaminated containers made from food-grade plastics, enamelled metal or wood.
Organic wine does NOT mean it is vegan wine or sulphite free wine. Organic wine can still contain things like egg whites or animal enzymes.
If my face didn’t double in size every time I drank the stuff then I would be all for it. But chemicals are almost impossible to get away from, so enjoy yourself! In my professional opinion, it isn’t something to worry about. If you are going to (responsibly) indulge in wine, it’s already a poison. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy organic.